It was a fresh start to the morning at Albert Park, with the mercury barely reaching 4 degrees, however it didn’t deter the athletes as they arrived, ready to tackle Victoria’s fastest 10km road race.
The Junior Division were the first to get things underway, attacking a 3km course that would have them finish inside Lakeside Stadium. Combining both the boys and girls saw Abbery Caldwell (Doncaster) take out the U18 grouping with a time of 9:57, and Maxine Paholek (South Melbourne) winning the gold in the U20 grouping with a time of 10:04. Harry Sharp (Ballarat Region) and Ebony Dodemaide (Western Athletics) took out the U16 Divison in times of 9:15 and 10:04 respectively. In the U14 Division it was Kane Marriott (Diamond Valley) and Lucinda Rourke (Williamstown) who claimed victory with times of 9:34 and 10:07 respectively.
The Men’s U18 10km was won by Jack Itter from Diamond Valley Athletic Club. Jack ran a beautiful race to finish solidly with a time of 33:09. Up a Division in the Men’s U20, and it was Cody Shanahan (Western Athletics) who continued his impressive form to take out the title with a time of 30:56.
In the Men’s Open Division it was Mitch Brown (Athletics Essendon) who took out the victory ahead of Liam Adams (Athletics Essendon) and Charlie Park (MUAC) in what was a very tactical race. The leader changed on numerous occasions with all athletes trying to settle into a decent groove. However, at the final turn on Aughtie Drive, Mitch kicked it into another gear and burned away from Liam and Charlie to claim his third Albert Park 10km Road Race title, with a time of 29:48. Liam and Charlie finished with times of 29:59 and 30:04 respectively.
In the Women’s Open Division it was Alexandra Patterson (Old Xaverians) who claimed her breakthrough victory for the 2017 season, winning in empahtic form ahead of Virginia Moloney (Collingwood). The race was lead by Virginia for the first half, but during the second lap Alexandra made her move and managed to hold onto a decent lead heading into Lakeside Stadiuim, where she finished with a time of 33:22. Virginia wasn’t too far behind at all, crossing the line in a time of 33:45.
The Open Wheelchair Division saw Samuel Rizzo (Ballarat Region) dominate to the 10km course, ahead of Paralympian Richard Colman. The two were head-to-head for the majority of the first lap, before Samuel made his move and gave himself a decent gap heading into Lakeside Stadium, and crossing the line with a time of 26:43. Richard was a couple on minutes behind, finishing in a time of 28:53.
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The next event is Lake Wendouree in two weeks! On-the-day entries will again be made available. We look forward to seeing everyone there!